|It's all in the detailing|
When we arrived at the yard the office was closed, but we had seen fork lifts moving around as we'd approached on the tow path. Jonathan came up to say hello, he was just about to move a shell into the bottom workshop so he'd be with us shortly. We were more than welcome to look at the two boats in the fit out workshop, admittedly both were Josher bows, but had bow thruster lockers, so we could check if the bikes would fit.
|No way would the bike get in there!|
|Quite a feature in your galley.|
|Painted birch on ceiling, oak on side|
In the galley there was a large Heritage stove diesel fuelled. Boy it was big. The double insulated flue was wide and with the calorifier perched in the corner behind it, it certainly was a feature!
|Under all the oak this is what they look like|
Back to another boat. With lockers extended to right behind the back cabin doors we would just get enough width at this end, but not enough elsewhere. A re-think needed, maybe loose a bike, find a cupboard inside to accommodate them, incredible shrinking/growing machine (I really must patent that!).
Back to the bow shape and how much space bows and sterns take up. Jonathan confirmed that a Josher has at least a 10 ft bow, a Trad bow 9 ft. A semi trad stern needs to be 7 ft 6 inches with the back deck being 3 ft 5inches. With all our questions answered and measurements taken the decision on bow style was the last thing.
My photos don't quite do the bows justice.
A trad bow has very pleasing lines, gives us an extra foot of cabin space, but reduces the well deck.
Our heads have won and we will be going for a Trad bow at 58 ft 6 inches, internal space being more important.